Assistant Professor of English Caroline Manring has won the prestigious 2012 National Poetry Review Book Contest for her collection of poems “Manual for Extinction,” a work that illuminates the complicated links between humans and nature.
As this year’s top honoree, Manring is set to have her manuscript published in 2013 by The National Poetry Review Press, the printing division of the California-based literary organization. She also will receive a cash prize for winning.
“I almost fell over in disbelief when I heard that I had won,” Manring says. “You can really wait for such a long time to hear back on a submission, so to receive an e-mail that began with ‘pleased to say,’ instead of ‘thank you for your submission’ was a great feeling.”
A member of the HWS faculty since 2010, Manring teaches “Creative Writing,” “Environmental Literature” and “The Avian Persuasion,” which is a first-year seminar course that explores the field of birding. The subject matter of her poetry is integrally tied to her scholarly pursuits, often incorporating issues about the environment into the curriculum of her classes.
She says her poetry is part of a continued and personal lifelong process.
“My poetry tends to explore the natural world and how we fit into it,” says Manring of her recent work. “There are some pretty strange ways in which we interact with the environment and what we do to it. It takes time to understand those experiences.”
Growing up in the Finger Lakes Region, Manring says the time she’s spent locally in nature has helped to inform who she is as a professor, writer and poet.
“My baseline is definitely the Finger Lakes and no matter where I go, I take that with me,” she says.
At the Colleges, Manring is an assistant editor for poetry at the Seneca Review. She earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has a chapbook, No Postman, with Split Oak Press, and her poems have appeared in the literary publications “Colorado Review,” “Conduit,” “Drunken Boat,” “H_NGM_N,” and “Juked,” among others.